South American Toucan

There are about 40 species of Toucan. They can be as big as 24 inches or as small as only 7 inches. They have short thick necks and their becks are large and have serrated edges to tear of pieces of large fruits. They also like berries. Small bird and lizards also are part of their diet.

Ecologist say that they are important to the rain forests because they help spread seeds throughout the forest.

South American Toucan

South American Toucan

This is a water-color painting by Margaret O’Toole.

The artist says she saw many of these beautifully colored birds during her visit to Honduras as their habitat extends to Central America.

Written by David Holland

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